Tag:Billy Williams
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:22 am

Santo among Hall of Fame's Golden Era candidates

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is among eight former players and two former executives will be voted upon by the 16-member Golden Era Committee at the Winter Meetings and announced on Dec. 5.

On the list are Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant.

The finalists are voted on by a 16-member board -- they are Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), Rolan Hemond (Diamondbacks), Gene Michael (Yankees) and Al Rosen (retired); as well as media members Dick Kaegel (MLB.com), Jack O'Connell (BBWAA) and Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune).

The Golden Era Committee currently uses a three-year cycle of consideration for managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players by era.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:40 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 8:43 pm

Fewer wins, but more statues at Wrigley

Billy Williams What's easier than putting a winning team on the field? Building statues.

Cubs president Crane Kenney told the Chicago Tribune that the new Cubs ownership will be bringing more statues to Wrigley Field.

"I think you are seeing the beginning," Kenny said. "The statues are popular with our fans, and they certainly are a great way to pay tribute to living players that helped put us on the map. And I think it's fair to say we will probably continue."

Anyway, the team added a statue of Billy Williams on Wednesday. There are already statues of Ernie Banks and Harry Caray.

It's likely a safe bet that Ron Santo will be the next former Cub to be honored, with Ferguson Jenkins next. After that, who is next? Ryne Sandberg is my guess. If they add one diversion each losing season, hopefully we'll get to Steve Trout and Jody Davis. Maybe Leon Durham's glasses set in bronze.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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